Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool

It’s another packed weekend of Premier League action (Picture: Getty / Metro)Manchester City and Liverpool are setting a scorching pace at the top of the Premier League and the visit of the champions and league leaders City to Stamford Bridge is the weekend highlight.

Brand Ambassador Michael Owen again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on all the action.

Bournemouth vs Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri has become an increasingly influential player in recent weeks for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Bournemouth bounced back after four successive Premier League losses to beat Huddersfield at the Vitality Stadium midweek although they were far from impressive.

Liverpool have made their best-ever start to a top-flight season after coming from behind to beat Burnley on Wednesday, but still trail City by a couple of points.

The Reds unsung hero James Milner will play his 500th PL game at the Vitality Stadium and it was no surprise to me that it was Milner who was the catalyst for Liverpool’s dramatic comeback against the Clarets midweek.

Michael’s prediction: Bournemouth 1 – 2 Liverpool

Arsenal vs Huddersfield Town

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the current Premier League top goalscorer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are unbeaten in 20 games in all competitions and four points this week from the visit of Spurs and a trip to Old Trafford shows just how far Unai Emery’s side have come in such a short period of time.

Town have lost eight of their last nine top-flight games against the Gunners and failed to score in each of those games. I fancy a similar scoreline at the Emirates.

Michael’s prediction: Arsenal 2 – 0 Huddersfield Town

Burnley vs Brighton

Both games between the sides finished goalless last season and it is hard to see a goal-fest at Turf Moor especially when you consider these two teams have had the fewest shots on target so far this term – Burnley 40 and Brighton 44.

If there is to be a winner at Turf Moor I think Sean Dyche’s side might nick the points, but it is unlikely to be a classic.

Michael’s prediction: Burnley 1 – 0 Brighton

Cardiff City vs Southampton

Mark Hughes was sacked by Southampton earlier this week (Picture: Getty)Southampton fans can take heart from the fact that their new Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhüttl won 120 points in the Bundesliga during his two-season spell as manager of RB Leipzig; only Bayern Munich (166) won more in this period.

Saints hit the woodwork three times against Spurs midweek and deserved their late – albeit consolation – goal. Cardiff have come from behind to win their last two home league games, but I feel they will have to settle for a point in their quest for a hat-trick.

Michael’s prediction: Cardiff City 1 – 1 Southampton

Manchester United vs Fulham

Jesse Lingard rescued a point for Manchester United against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)United continue to show their character and fight having picked up a point from behind at both Southampton and at home to Arsenal in the last week.

No side has made as many changes as United so far this season which suggests the club have had their fair share of injuries, but also that Jose Mourinho does not know his best starting XI.

Fulham have lost their last six PL away games and I can’t see them getting anything at Old Trafford although the Cottagers have improved under Claudio Ranieri and the hosts will not have things all their own way.

Michael’s prediction: Manchester United 2 – 1 Fulham

West Ham vs Crystal Palace

The team scoring first in the 14 previous PL games between these clubs has never lost and I expect West Ham to grab the opener and the points in this London derby.

Palace have not won in their last five away games and I was disappointed they were not able to get at least a point against 10-man Brighton at the Amex midweek.

Michael’s prediction: West Ham 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

Chelsea vs Manchester City

N’Golo Kante could be key to stopping the Man City juggernaut (Picture: Getty)Chelsea have lost two of their last three and only mustered seven shots in the two league games – both won by City – between the sides last season.

Chelsea are a different proposition under Maurizio Sarri, especially at the Bridge, this season and I feel they can keep a point. City were far too good for the Blues in the Community Shield in the season curtain-raiser but, back on home soil, I feel Chelsea will get a draw from a 1-1 draw as they did against Liverpool earlier in the season.

Michael’s prediction: Chelsea 1 – 1 Manchester City

Leicester City vs Tottenham

Harry Kane is looking to score for the third game in a row (Picture: Getty)Spurs have not had a PL draw in their last 19 games and I feel they will take maximum points at the King Power from an entertaining clash in the late kick-off on Saturday.

Harry Kane has scored 13 times in his 11 previous games against the Foxes and the England skipper may again be the difference between the sides at the weekend.

Michael’s prediction: Leicester City 1 – 2 Tottenham

Newcastle United vs Wolves

Wolves came from behind to beat Chelsea at Molineux midweek, but they are struggling for goals on the road and if there is to be a winner at St James’s Park on Sunday then I feel it will be the hosts.

I was very impressed with the Magpies defensively at Goodison midweek with the returning skipper Jamaal Lascelles outstanding in a three-man defence. It will be interesting to see if Rafa Benitez perseveres with the system back on home soil.

Michael’s prediction: Newcastle United 1 – 0 Wolves

Everton vs Watford

Everton ran out of steam and ideas against Newcastle midweek and still seemed to be smarting after their Merseyside derby defeat.

Marco Silva was in charge of Watford when the Hornets lost the corresponding fixture 3-2 (goalless at halftime) last season and the visitors will travel to Goodison having lost their last four.

Richarlison scored for Watford at Goodison last season but his equaliser against Newcastle midweek was his seventh strike of the season and the young Brazilian looks sure to play a leading part in what I expect to be an entertaining contest with the hosts just edging it.

Michael’s prediction: Everton 2 – 1 Watford

Michael’s midweek wager: Arsenal, West Ham and Everton at 9/2

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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard reacts to controversial Jurgen Klopp derby celebrations

Former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard (Picture: Getty)Steven Gerrard has defended Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool manager’s controversial celebration to the injury-time winner in the Merseyside derby.

Klopp sprinted onto the pitch and hugged goalkeeper Alisson after Divock Origi scored a dramatic and bizarre winner against Everton.

The German boss was subsequently fined £8,000 and warned about his future conduct by the Football Association.

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But Liverpool legend and current Rangers boss Gerrard understands Klopp’s reaction and says it is one of the reasons fans love the sport.

The former England midfielder said: ‘He ran about 30 yards less than me when I celebrated a goal!

‘Listen, it’s an emotional sport and an emotional game. You win a derby in the 96th minute, emotions naturally take over your body and your decision making.

‘I can understand it. I love Jurgen Klopp for who he is. He’s real, he’s authentic.

Jurgen Klopp was fined for his celebrations (Picture: Getty)‘Of course, us as managers have a responsibility to try and tame it as much as we can, but sometimes that it is difficult.

‘He’s come out and apologised and it is what it is. I think there is a big problem in this sport if we take celebrating out of it.

‘It’s not the reason why we love Jurgen Klopp, but is (Jose) Mourinho not famous for sprinting down the touchline? Do the viewers not love this?’

Gerrard added: ‘Of course, you open yourself up to be punished, but I don’t think we can actually criticise people for being emotional.

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‘I love that side of people. I love it when they are real and let themselves go.

‘Of course you must respect the opposition managers and coaches, but to celebrate a big win or a big goal, I want that to stay.’

Liverpool, whose 1-0 victory over Everton ensured they remain just two points below leaders Manchester City, face Burnley this weekend.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp charged by FA for Everton goal celebration

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been charged by the Football Association (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has been charged by the Football Association for his celebration after Liverpool’s injury-time winner against Everton at Anfield.

Klopp sprinted onto the pitch and hugged Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson after Divock Origi scored a dramatic and bizarre winner in the Merseyside derby.

Liverpool’s 1-0 victory saw them move two points behind Premier League leaders and defending champions Manchester City.

Klopp, who has been charged with misconduct for his celebration, has until 6pm on Thursday to respond.

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The German boss later apologised for his overzealous celebration, telling reporters: ‘I have to apologise because I didn’t want to be disrespectful but I couldn’t stop myself. It just happened!

‘The plan was not to run [onto the pitch to celebrate]!

‘When I chose to stop I was close to Alisson. He was surprised! It was the last situation of the game.

‘Both teams delivered an unbelievable fight. Both teams tried really to play football. No harsh things. The game was really good.’

Pep Guardiola responds to Jurgen Klopp’s wild celebrations against Everton

Jurgen Klopp celebrated wildly at the end of the Merseyside derby (Getty Images)Pep Guardiola offered a sympathetic view on Jurgen Klopp’s exuberant celebrations at the end of the Merseyside derby by insisting that football is ‘an emotional game’.

Klopp has come in for some criticism for after he sprinted onto the pitch to celebrate Divock Origi’s 96th minute winner for Liverpool against their fiercest rivals Everton.

After the game, Klopp stated he had apologised to his opposite number Marco Silva for his celebrations, however the Portuguese subsequently claimed no such apology had been made.

Guardiola has also been known to make the odd extravagant celebration in his time as a manager and he admitted he wasn’t happy with himself after celebrating a winning goal against Southampton last season in similar circumstances.

Pep Guardiola remonstrated with Nathan Redmond after Raheem Sterling’s injury-time winner against Southampton last season (Getty Images)‘I did it against Southampton. There are a lot of emotions in those moments. I know when I did it I was not happy to it,’ he said.

‘I can understand [Everton boss] Marco Silva, but sometimes it is what it is. It is an emotional game, the last minute and everything happening in the mind and your heart and your body.

‘Sometimes you can do that. I talk for myself, you have to be respectful.

‘When you win it is personality, when you lose it is a lack of respect. You judge after it happens. When you do these things when you lose you are impolite, you are a bad guy, you are not correct.

‘When you win everything is acceptable. We live in a world where we judge the winners and make a lot of big compliments only because you win.’

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Origi’s goal could prove to be a significant one as had Liverpool drawn the game, they would have slipped four points behind Manchester City in the Premier League table. Instead, they remain just two off Guardiola’s side.

Klopp also made a beeline for his goalkeeper Alisson when he rushed onto the pitch, perhaps because the Brazilian had helped keep the scores level with a point-blank stop from Andre Gomes.

After the game, Klopp accepted that he could be the subject of a charge from the Football Association, saying: ‘I’m not sure what the FA has to do in a situation like this but I will have to wait.’

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Xherdan Shaqiri defends Jurgen Klopp for ’emotional’ pitch celebration after Liverpool goal

Klopp ran onto the pitch celebrating Origi’s goal (Picture: Getty)Xherdan Shaqiri dismissed criticism of Jurgen Klopp’s celebration against Everton after Liverpool scored a late winner in the Merseyside derby.

Klopp ran onto the pitch and hugged Reds goalkeeper Alisson, after Divock Origi pounced on a howler from Jordan Pickford to snatch a victory for Liverpool.

The last-gasp goal ensured Liverpool beat their local rivals and kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City.

When is the FA Cup third round draw and what are the ball numbers?

Chelsea won the FA Cup last season (Picture: Getty Images)Traditionally one of the biggest moments of the football season, the draw for the FA Cup third round takes place on Monday evening.

The Premier League and the Championship sides join the fray at the third round, and smaller clubs will be hoping for a draw against one of the big teams of the English game.

Unai Emery provides Mesut Ozil injury update ahead of Man Utd clashThe ties will not be played until the new year, but there will be plenty of excitement this evening for any of the lesser lights that can look forward to a trip to Old Trafford or Anfield.

Here is everything you need to know about the draw and which numbers to look out for…

The FA Cup third round is a huge part of the football season (Picture: Getty Images)When is the FA Cup third round draw?

The draw takes place on Monday 4 December at 7.30pm.

The games will be played on the weekend of Saturday 5 January 2019.

Where to watch the FA Cup third round draw

BBC One will be showing the draw live following the One Show and you will also be able to watch it on the BBC website or BBC iPlayer.

Ball numbers

1 AFC Bournemouth2 Arsenal3 Aston Villa4 Birmingham City5 Blackburn Rovers6 Bolton Wanderers7 Brentford8 Brighton & Hove Albion9 Bristol City10 Burnley11 Cardiff City12 Chelsea13 Crystal Palace

14 Derby County15 Everton16 Fulham17 Huddersfield Town18 Hull City19 Ipswich Town20 Leeds United21 Leicester City22 Liverpool23 Manchester City24 Manchester United25 Middlesbrough26 Millwall27 Newcastle United28 Norwich City29 Nottingham Forest30 Preston North End31 Queens Park Rangers32 Reading33 Rotherham United34 Sheffield United35 Sheffield Wednesday36 Southampton37 Stoke City38 Swansea City39 Tottenham Hotspur40 Watford41 West Bromwich Albion42 West Ham United43 Wigan Athletic44 Wolverhampton Wanderers45 Guiseley or Fleetwood Town46 Luton Town47 Wrexham or Newport County48 Tranmere Rovers or Southport49 Barnsley50 Shrewsbury Town51 Solihull Moors or Blackpool52 Grimsby Town53 Peterborough United or Bradford City54 Woking55 Oldham Athletic56 Lincoln City57 AFC Wimbledon58 Oxford United59 Barnet60 Portsmouth61 Walsall or Sunderland62 Accrington Stanley63 Doncaster Rovers64 Gillingham

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Marco Silva denies Jurgen Klopp’s apology claim after dramatic end to the Merseyside derby

Marco Silva claimed he didn’t see Jurgen Klopp’s exuberant celebration at full-time (Getty Images)Marco Silva has insisted that Jurgen Klopp did not apologise to him after running on the pitch to celebrate Divock Origi’s 96th minute winner in the Merseyside derby.

It had looked certain that the 232nd Merseyside derby would end goalless as Liverpool and Everton cancelled each other out, before Origi capitalised on a Jordan Pickford error to score with virtually the final touch.

Origi’s dramatic strike sparked scenes of jubilation inside Anfield and Klopp himself got swept up in the moment, charging from his technical area to celebrate with Alisson in Liverpool’s half.

Jurgen Klopp charged onto the pitch to celebrate after Divock Origi’s late goal (Getty Images)After the game, Klopp claimed that he had apologised to Silva, telling Sky Sports: ‘I had to apologise because I didn’t want to be disrespectful but I couldn’t stop myself. It just happened!’

However, Silva denied Klopp’s version of events, saying he didn’t apologise to him, although he stated that he hadn’t seen the incident unfold anyway.

Silva said: ‘He didn’t apologise to me. To be honest I didn’t see it, I don’t know what he did. I don’t think he expected anything like that either. It was a lucky way to win but that’s football.

‘I don’t say it was a lack of respect because I didn’t see it. Maybe when I see that moment I can say more about the situation.’

Watch: Jurgen Klopp sprints onto pitch to celebrate Liverpool’s injury-time winner against Everton

The result was tough on Everton as they had matched their rivals impressively throughout the game and had good chances to score, particularly through Andre Gomes in the first half.

Gomes’ header had appeared destined for the net before being stopped by Alisson with Joe Gomez clearing the loose ball off the line.

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While Alisson excelled, Pickford struggled, as the England goalkeeper misjudged a looping effort from Virgil Van Dijk by palming the ball onto his crossbar resulting in Origi having a tap-in.

Reaction to Klopp’s antics has been mixed with former England defender Danny Mills saying it ‘was absolutely shocking’ while Chris Sutton claimed that it wasn’t disrespectful.

The win could prove to be a pivotal one as it means that Liverpool remain just two points behind Manchester City at the top of the table.

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Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford explains ‘freak’ mistake against Liverpool

Jordan Pickford’s blunder cost Everton (Picture: Getty)Jordan Pickford has attempted to explain his ‘freak’ error which handed Liverpool a 1-0 victory the final moments of the Merseyside derby.

Everton looked to have secured a point at Anfield but Pickford’s howler in the sixth minute of injury time gave Divock Ovigi a chance to be Liverpool’s hero and the striker made no mistake from close-range.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson consoled Pickford shortly after the final whistle and Marco Silva offered his support to England’s number in his post-match interview.

Pickford apologised to Everton supporters after the defeat and revealed what he was trying to do when asked about his bizarre mistake which led to Origi’s winner.

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‘I think it is the Everton luck when we come to Anfield,’ said Pickford.

‘It was a freak one, really. It had hit the bar twice and I tried to flick it over. The ball spun and as I tried to flick it over, my hand hit the bar. It’s unfortunate but I am strong mentally.

Origi capitalised on Pickford’s mistake (Picture: Getty)‘I just want to say sorry to the Everton fans. I think you could see our progression as a group, the chances we created and the football we played. That’s a positive but what can I do?

‘There is always a case as a goalkeeper if you make an error it will lead to a goal. Unfortunately, it has been me today but I will be ready for Newcastle on Wednesday.

‘We know we held our own against a good Liverpool side for 96 minutes. I will say sorry to the Everton fans again because I know how much it means to them.

‘As players, we know how much it means to us. You make mistakes every now and again. It’s not something you can learn and train and get better from. It’s just a freak incident.’

Wow!!! Jurgen Klopp charges onto the pitch to celebrate with Alisson! 😱
Liverpool score a bizzare LATE goal to win the Merseyside derby 1-0. Simply incredible!🤯 pic.twitter.com/7NM4P0pltV
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Jurgen Klopp sprinted onto the pitch while celebrating Origi’s goal and apologised to Everton boss Silva for his behaviour.

He said: ‘I had to apologise because I didn’t want to be disrespectful but I couldn’t stop myself. It just happened!

‘The game was with unbelievable intensity. Both teams had chances. Both goalkeepers had outstanding performances. In the end it was a very weird goal. I can’t imagine the disappointment of Everton. But we got it and we will take it. It is a brilliant night.

‘If I could describe it [how he feels] then I would have control over it. We don’t want to look for excuses but that’s how it is. I’m not sure what the FA has to do in a situation like this but I will have to wait.

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‘The plan was not to run [onto the pitch to celebrate]! When I chose to stop I was close to Alisson. He was surprised! It was the last situation of the game. Both teams delivered an unbelievable fight. Both teams tried really to play football. No harsh things. The game was really good.

‘We tried to control the game they had good counter-attacks. We tried to go in behind but we didn’t play exactly like that, that often. We had our moments and had brilliant chances. Our counter-press was really good and we stayed in the game until the end.’

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Jamie Carragher rips into Jordan Pickford after howler against Liverpool

Jordan Pickford’s howler handed Liverpool the win at Anfield (Picture: Getty)Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher pulled no punches with his analysis of Jordan Pickford’s howler which cost Everton in the final minute of the Merseyside derby.

The match looked to be heading for a goalless draw but Everton goalkeeper Pickford handed Jurgen Klopp’s side three points by spilling Virgil van Dijk’s mishit ball into the path of Divock Origi.

Origi, who was making his first appearance of the Premier League season after replacing Roberto Firmino, made no mistake from close-range and Pickford looked dejected after the final whistle.

Liverpool ‘keeper Alisson put his arm around Pickford but there was no such sympathy from Carragher who slammed England’s number one for his mistake.

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‘What was Jordan Pickford doing? Just put that away, goalkeeper,’ the former Liverpool defender said on Sky Sports’ commentary.

‘Let it go over the bar! A massive mistake, you can’t do that at any time in a Merseyside derby.’

Divock Origi capitalised on Jordan Pickford’s mistake (Picture: Getty)Jamie Redknapp added: ‘He [Pickford] looked erratic all game, he didn’t look comfortable. It’s a massive, massive error.

‘A nightmare situation. That will haunt him.’

Marco Silva praised his players despite the defeat (Picture: Getty)Everton boss Marco Silva offered his support to Pickford following his fatal error in the final moments of the match.

‘It was a tough match and a tough result for us. We don’t deserve to lose. We had the better chances to score but that is football. It is our life. That goal you cannot expect to happen,’ Silva told BBC Sport after the defeat.

‘The players understand they deserved something more. We started the match together and that is how we end it. We will be in this way and do everything to win the next match.

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‘All the support I can give to Jordan, I will. He is a very good goalkeeper. He did not expect that situation.

‘We are improving and we did again this afternoon even if the result wasn’t what we wanted or deserved. I am proud of my players and what they are doing.

‘Nobody in the stadium expected that moment. The way they celebrated it showed to me how difficult it was for them.’

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Jurgen Klopp grabs camera and points it towards Divock Origi after Liverpool win

Divock Origi scored Liverpool’s winner at the death (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp hailed Divock Origi after Liverpool’s forgotten striker scored their winner against Everton in a stunning climax to the Merseyside derby.

The match looked to be heading for a goalless draw before Jordan Pickford made a hash of Virgil van Dijk’s mishit ball into the area in the sixth minute of added time at Anfield.

Origi, who was making his first Premier League appearance of the season after replacing Roberto Firmino in the 84th minute, latched onto Pickford’s blunder to seal three crucial points for the Reds with a close-range strike.

Emotions got the better of Klopp as he sprinted onto the pitch before referee Chris Kavanagh had even blown the final whistle – and the German apologised to Everton boss Marco Silva for his behaviour.

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Liverpool’s manager also made sure Origi got the attention he deserved as his players were celebrating the victory just moments after the clash.

He yelled ‘Divock Origi scored the goal!’ before pointing Sky Sports’ cameraman in the direction of Liverpool’s hero… 

Klopp admitted Liverpool got ‘lucky’ with their last-gasp goal to see off bitter rivals Everton.

‘First of all I have to apologise for my run. I apologised immediately after to Marco Silva, I didn’t want to be disrespectful,’ he said.

‘My respect to Everton could not be bigger after that game. We knew how strong they were but today they were outstandingly strong and difficult with the way they played.

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‘The goal was lucky of course but our idea was clear: we wanted to win until the last second. We wanted to show that by bringing strikers on.

‘It was a long and open game. I think we deserved the three points.’

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